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Duck Hunting During Unseasonably Wet Years

Capt. Obvious might point out that ducks need water. Likewise, duck hunters depend on water. Some years, however, Mother Nature’s faucet never turns off, inundating the landscape with too much precipitation . And that can create headaches. Overabundant water spreads birds out, letting them use secluded, unpressured spots to feed,...


Soul-Crushing Quotes from the Duck Blind

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared on May 11, 2017, on Realtree.com. Call me a grouch, but some statements make me cringe or roll my eyes. Many of those are uttered in a duck blind or goose field. I try to be polite and open-minded, of course, especially when chatting...


Quick Shooting Fixes for Duck Season

You jolt awake, soaked with sweat and still reeling from the dream. A flock of mallards had parachuted into your decoys, seemingly hovering in the breeze at 20 yards and begging for steel. Yet as you emptied your shotgun, nothing fell. You didn’t cut a feather. “I didn’t shoot at...


The Yin and Yang of Duck Hunting

Dark-thirty, Sept. 1: Daylight won’t arrive for almost an hour, but the distant clucks of honkers and buzzing of teal already fill the air. Soon, the grand game will be on, and another waterfowl season will have begun. These first moments bring more than jitters. The smell of freshly cut...


The Worst States for Duck Hunting, Revised

As I’ve pointed out previously , some states simply don’t offer great duck hunting opportunities. Maybe they’re not in a major flyway. Perhaps they lack waterfowl habitat. Whatever the case, hunters in several areas consistently tote lighter straps than their brethren in duck-rich regions. In the spirit of fun, I...


Delta Waterfowl Early-September 2019 Migration Update

As early waterfowl seasons open across the United States and Canada, Delta Waterfowl staffers are monitoring habitat conditions and bird location. Here's the scoop. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


How Duck Hunting Will Die

Nothing lasts forever. The dinosaurs held out for about 165 million years before an asteroid put them out of business. Humans? Homo sapiens have been tromping around for about 200,000 years, but a quick look at natural history proves we won’t be here infinitely. That also goes for duck and...


Duck Hunt New Water This Season

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared Oct. 19, 2017, on Realtree.com At some point this season, your hotspots might falter, and you’ll be scratching your head. Sure, you could grind out a few hunts until conditions improve, but you’re probably better off exploring new water. Here’s how to make that...


What Skills Make Duck Hunters Great?

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared May 3, 2016, on Realtree.com. You probably have a buddy or know a guy who seems infallible. He usually returns to the landing with a boat full of birds, and he seems to have the answer to every curveball Mother Nature throws his way...


Sneaky Tricks to Jump-Shoot More Ducks

Jump-shooting might be the simplest form of duck hunting. You walk or paddle down a stream or sneak up on a pothole. When surprised ducks flush, you shoot them (or at them). But as with any hunting method, some special tactics can improve your success rate. Try these sneaky tricks...


Breeding Ducks Down Slightly, but Overall Populations Good

North America's spring duck population decreased by about 6 percent in 2019, but most species remain higher than long-term averages, and Delta Waterfowl said there's plenty of other good news for waterfowlers. Waterfowl Population Status, 2019 , released Monday, and based on surveys conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...


Alabama to Have Sandhill Crane Season

Sandhill cranes are often referred to by hunters as "the ribeye of the sky" for their flavorful meat. That's one reason why many Alabama hunters are excited for the opportunity to hunt the cranes in the state for the first time in more than 100 years. Sandhill cranes received their...


How Much Wind Do Duck Hunters Need?

Duck hunters often gripe about flat-calm days, when most birds are content to loaf on the water and those that move won’t finish. But too much wind can actually hinder hunting efforts, making travel, setups and shooting difficult. That raises an obvious question: How much wind do duck hunters need...


4 Tough Duck Hunting Decisions

Duck hunts often hinge on one critical decision. If you choose correctly, you’re a hero. When you mess up, however, you’ll probably kick yourself all the way back to the truck. To complicate matters, you must usually make these decisions quickly, and you won’t get many second chances. Been there...


Delta Waterfowl August 2019 Conditions Report

Dr. Frank Rohwer of Delta Waterfowl gives you the scoop on wetland and brood-rearing conditions throughout North America's duck-producing region. And the overall news is positive. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


Make Your Own Spinning-Wing Decoy for Divers

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared Dec. 15, 2015. I spend most of my time in flooded fields, shallow sloughs or timber chasing puddle ducks. However, I hunt big lakes near the Tennessee River for divers when canvasbacks show up in good numbers or backwater hunting is slow. I’m not...


Hunt Ducks Before Work

Life is never fair, and that seems especially true during duck season . The stone-cold bottom line? Sometimes, work or life commitments severely limit your time afield. But not to worry. Assuming you’re ambitious and have some decent spots within driving distance, you can pull off a great hunt and...


Duck Hunters, Don’t Go Deaf

Psst. Can you hear me? That was a joke. Okay, maybe it was corny, but I’m an ear, so I’m not accustomed to telling jokes. Typically, the Duck Blogger leaves that to his mouth, which tends to operate on its own and only occasionally interacts with the brain. Anyway, I’m...


Who Calls the Shot?

Hunting with a group often makes for a good time, but it raises a practical question: Who will dictate the setup and call the shots? Sometimes, the answer is obvious, like when you hunt with a landowner or guide. By default, they’re the de facto pit boss. But in other...


Delta Waterfowl July 2019 Conditions Report

As waterfowl nesting season wanes, Delta Waterfowl biologists are seeing positive signs throughout North America. Here's the scoop. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


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